We are delighted to share ISSUE 05's cover today. This lovely shot is pulled from a beautiful styled shoot by Maria Doka and Mandy Forlenza Sticos which will have you head over heels--it's called "Gather," and the full feature will appear in the issue of course.
Here is a little about our cover artists:
Maria is a photojournalist lifestyle photographer based out of New York who recently married her dream man. She has been adventuring around ever since while following God's direction over her life. She and her husband love the Lord and give Him all of the glory for all that He has done in us and through us. Her passion and love for photography has been something she has always had, and it goes much deeper than just weddings. Her heart has been after fashion & beauty photography this past year. In her journalistic approach, she loves to capture those raw and real moments, the candid and natural ones. Those moments to her are the best moments to be documented... The simple and pure moments where you're just being your true and authentic self. You can find her on instagram, facebook and her webiste.
Mandy Forlenza Sticos worked in event marketing for 15 years prior to launching an event rental company in 2013; Little Vintage Rentals. She also designs and styles weddings, events and photo shoots. Mandy teaches Prop Styling regularly at The Fashion Class in NYC and is launching a mini online workshop, Styling for Social Media, this fall. Mandy's styling work has been published on Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, mywedding Magazine, Trendy Bride Magazine, The Everygirl, Best Friends for Frosting and many more. You can find her on facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest and her website.
Other credits for this picture include:
Hair + Make up: Michelle DeMartino / Model: Evelyn Bedoya / Linen Clothing: Conscious Clothing / Table Linen: Lost in Linen / Vintage Props: Little Vintage Rentals / Brushstroke Name cards: Ink and Nibs
We are grateful for these ladies and the hard work their team put forth to bring this feature to life for Belong. And we can't wait for our readers to soak it all in. Pre-orders will be available soon--and a special code for our email subscribers. If you are not signed up, do it below.